Forsyth County Department of Public Health held a community vaccination event at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, March 20, using doses it received as part of FEMA hub-and-spoke model, which extends vaccine access from the current FEMA site in Greensboro to other communities in the Triad area.
Forsyth County Public Health is now using its allocation of those doses for community vaccination events to ensure historically marginalized communities have access to the vaccine. Thanks to the federal doses, these community events will now be able to vaccinate more people.
Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church is the latest church to host one of Public Health’s vaccination events. County Commissioner Fleming El-Amin contacted the church about hosting an event and church leaders were more than glad to do it.
“I figure if we’re going to get ahead of the virus we need to do all we can,” said the church’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Dennis Leach, who is also treasurer of the Minsters Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity. “We’re just excited about collaborating with the health department to get folks vaccinated. We’re a church that’s trying to impact our community in a meaningful way.”
During the four hour clinic at Morning Star, approximately 250 people were vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments were made by the church. Everyone who received their first dose was given an appointment for when Public Health will return to the church next month to give second doses.